Chateau Doyac Haut-Medoc 2005


This is a wine that was available through Vintage Cellars; I say was because it may now be pretty hard to find. I discovered this little treasure at a Bordeaux masterclass at the recent Vintage Cellars Wine Fair at Darling Harbour. This was tasted alongside some of the Bordeaux greats including one that retails for around AU$1,000 a bottle. It is drinking beautifully right now but would easily live for another 10 years in your cellar. When purchased at the recent 30% off sale this came in at under AU$20.00 a bottle – do I have your attention?
The notes on the bottle say ‘Intense purple robe. Nose of red fruits and a twinge of vanilla. Fruit driven, concentrated palate with cherry, cedar and boxtree flavours, silky tannins, good structure and nice long finish’. I would agree with all of the above.
Also found the following notes from UK wine merchant Gerrard Seel; ‘What a great bottle for the money. Max de Portales the owner and wine-maker used to be a broker in Frankfurt before falling in love with wine and his passion really shows through in this stunning petit chateau. Deeply flavoured with a firm core of fruit this is a great partner to all red meats and game.’
The wine is 70% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon, and Haut-Medoc is in the southern part of the Medoc.
2005 was a stand out year for Bordeaux; I say forget the fuss of the 2008 En Primeur and go all out chasing as many of these bargain 05’s as you can fit in your cellar.

One Response to Chateau Doyac Haut-Medoc 2005

  1. Anonymous May 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    I bought a bottle of this with some more expensive examples of Bordeaux a couple of months ago, and I am very glad I tasted it while I could still get some more.

    The notes in the tasting notes in your review are right on the money. It is superb and a great example of the quality for money you can now get out of Bordeaux (and not just 2005 as I have had good value for money from ’02, ’03, 04′ and ’06).

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